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Pablo Martinez Monsivais

AP Interview: Georgia Prime Minister Vows Course Toward West

The prime minister of Georgia says his country will continue moving on a pro-Western course and he’s pledging to hold an honest parliamentary election this fall.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Giorgi Kvirikashvili  says that Georgians have a very clear will to be pro-Western, pro-European.

Kvirikashvili is a close ally of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who made his fortune in banking, mining and metals in Russia and whose party ousted the Georgian government in 2012. Kvirikashvili said the upcoming vote will be “one of the freest and fairest elections” in Georgia.

Kvirikashvili was in Washington for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other officials, as well as to promote his post-Soviet country as a regional hub for business and investment.